increments. we don't risk u.s. default on our obligations because we can't put politics aside. so i've been very clear to them -- we're going to resolve this, and we're going to resolve this for a reasonable period of time, and we're going to resolve it in a serious way. and my hope is, is that as a consequence of negotiations that take place today, tomorrow, the next day and through next weekend, if necessary, that we're going to come up with a plan that solves our short-term debt and deficit problems, avoids default, stabilizes the economy, and proves to the american people that we can actually get things done in this country and in this town. all right, with that i'm going to take some questions, starting with ben feller. >> thank you very much, mr. president.